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Ivory Coast’s Aurier pays price for table-thumping pep talk

In Summary

• Aurier, still recovering from an ankle injury, sat out Monday’s 1-0 win over Mali in the last 16 but left the stadium with his hand in a splint.

• When you are at home and things are going wrong, our parents shouted at us — Aurier

Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri in action with Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier
Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri in action with Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier
Image: / REUTERS

Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier injured himself again at the Africa Cup of Nations without playing — hurting his right hand while banging the table to encourage his teammates.

Aurier, still recovering from an ankle injury, sat out Monday’s 1-0 win over Mali in the last 16 but left the stadium with his hand in a splint.

“I hit the table,” he told reporters on Tuesday, detailing a fist-pumping and table-thumping halftime pep talk that while playing a role in the Ivorians’ winning the match hurt the Tottenham Hotspur defender.

 

“When you are at home and things are going wrong, our parents shouted at us. It was the same thing. We said a few truths to each other. Sometimes it feels good and I think the group needed it,” Aurier said.

“I told them we should not have any regrets, that we had the capacity to win the game. We just need to make a few adjustments. That’s what I said.” Aurier hopes to be able to play in the quarter-final against Algeria in Suez tonight.

“I think I’m feeling better. There is still time before the match,” the 26-year-old right-back added.